New Delhi: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Mio Oka as its new Country Director for India, succeeding Takeo Konishi who has been promoted as ADB Director General for South Asia at the Manila headquarters.
Ms. Oka will take charge of steering ADB operations in India and fostering relations with the government and the country’s other development partners. She will lead the implementation of ADB’s country partnership strategy, 2023–2027 that is designed to catalyze robust, climate-resilient, and inclusive private sector-led growth in India. This will be achieved through accelerated structural transformation and job creation, promotion of climate-resilient green growth, and enhanced social and economic inclusiveness.
Since the start of its country operations in 1986, ADB has been a steadfast partner in supporting India’s development goals and economic growth.
“I eagerly look forward to further solidifying our strong partnership with the government and other stakeholders, channeling my efforts into pioneering solutions, to support the country’s priority agenda,” said Ms. Oka. “ADB remains committed to bolster India’s inclusive and green growth momentum through strategic investments to address critical challenges in infrastructure, human development, and climate risk vulnerability beside promoting private sector development.”
A Japanese national, Ms. Oka has almost 3 decades of professional experience, including over 18 years with ADB, where she has served in various capacities since joining as a project specialist in the Mekong Department in 2005. After serving as advisor to the President for about 6 years, she held a managerial role as a director in the agriculture and natural resources sector and covered South Asia region and Emerging Areas team for more than 7 years. Prior to her tenure at ADB, Ms. Oka worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, and Japan International Cooperation Agency Bangladesh Office.
Ms. Oka holds a master’s degree in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in development studies and politics from the University of London.
India is currently ADB’s fourth largest shareholder and one of its largest borrowers since 2010. In 2023, ADB committed $2.59 billion in sovereign lending to India in addition to $16.31 million in technical assistance and $5.25 million in grants under the sovereign portfolio. The current India sovereign portfolio comprises 73 projects worth a total of $15.7 billion.